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2014 NHL Combine Video: Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Michael Dal Colle - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and 2014 prospect Michael Dal Colle is ranked fifth among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

There is a handful of top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft that have held their top-5 ranking over the course of the 2013-14 season. One of those steady performers is Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle, the highest ranked forward out of the OHL this season.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Leon Draisaitl - Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 prospect Leon Draisaitl, shown here during the testing phase of the 2014 NHL Combine, competed for Germany at the 2014 World Championship (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

It has been 13 years since a player that developed primarily in Germany was chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft. That drought seems as if it will come to an end at the 2014 edition of the draft when center Leon Draisaitl's name is called from podium.

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Columbus Blue Jackets prospects Bjorkstrand, Rychel finished 2013-14 season with strong playoff performances

by Richard Greco
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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Winger Oliver Bjorkstrand led the WHL in playoff scoring with 16 goals and 17 assists through 21 games. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When the Columbus Blue Jackets took their best shot at the Pittsburgh Penguins this postseason, their roster was littered with home-grown players like Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray. While the recently graduated prospects were getting a chance to take on one of the NHL's best teams, there were a handful of players making statements in their own respective league's playoffs.

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Winnipeg Jets prospects playing key roles in deep playoff runs

by Charlie Beattie
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Scott Kosmachuk - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph winger Scott Kosmachuk tied for third on the team with three goals and five points as the Storm came within one win of a Memorial Cup Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While the parent club still seeks the right formula in terms of making the playoffs, several Winnipeg Jets prospects not only led their teams to postseason, but put up big numbers when the lights were brightest.

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Prospect awards show more talent is on verge of NHL for Nashville Predators

by Peter Prohaska
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Marek Mazanec - Nashville Predators

Photo: Goaltender Marek Mazanec made his North American debut in 2013-14, earning 25 NHL starts due to injuries in Nashville as well as 31 starts in AHL Milwaukee (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon SMI)

Spring 2014 brought about the end of the first phase in Nashville's hockey evolution. The always-appreciated Barry Trotz makes way for unceremoniously-dumped Peter Laviolette, a coach who will be expected to make even more of this always promising team.

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Dallas Stars prospect awards feature depth and skill across the system

by Mike Farkas
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Patrik Nemeth - Dallas Stars

Photo: Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who made his NHL debut this season, won the Breakout Prospect for 2014-15 award for the Dallas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

The third edition of the Dallas Stars prospect awards highlights the terrific depth and high-end skill that is housed by the organization. As evidenced below, the spoils of prior drafts have created a proliferation of talent at all positions.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Connor steps into the spotlight after a superb U18 WJC showing

by Chau Vo
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Kyle Connor - Youngstown Phantoms

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor was named to the 2013-14 All-USHL First Team after finishing second overall in scoring with 74 points (courtesy of Rob Bindler)

The state of Michigan may be famous for being the birthplace of the automotive industry, but aside from cars, the state also produces many of the top hockey players in the world. When the Detroit Red Wings began play in 1926, it helped nudge a budding grassroots hockey movement in the right direction.

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Anaheim Ducks prospect awards showcase balance, talent of prospect pool

by Chris Phifer
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Frederik Andersen - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Originally called up to Anaheim due to injuries, Frederik Andersen won 20 games in 28 appearances as an NHL rookie in 2013-14 (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

The Anaheim Ducks organization enjoyed success not only at the NHL level, but nearly across the board in terms of their prospects as well. While most predicted the Ducks would make the playoffs, few could have expected a 116-point season to finish atop the Western Conference.

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Ottawa Senators prospects Lazar, Harpur saw long and fruitful postseasons

by Peter Morrow
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Curtis Lazar helped the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2014 Memorial Cup Championship. Lazar was also a standout for the Oil Kings in the WHL Playoffs, posting 10 goals and 12 assists in 21 games. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While the Ottawa Senators failed to qualify for the postseason, most of the organization's prospects made playoff appearances this spring. CHL prospects Ben Harpur and Curtis Lazar had particularly noteworthy postseasons as they helped their respective teams to the 2014 Memorial Cup.

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